Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly filming a Netflix "at-home docuseries" at their own home in Los Angeles. With that said, a former palace aide found this move a "smack of desperation."
A Hollywood Insider told Page Six that Netflix is getting its "pound of flesh" now that it is filming the documentary about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at their Montecito mansion. Despite several projects in line, the royal expert claimed they seem to want to do everything at once to take advantage of the Duke of Sussex's upcoming memoir to ride the noise and publicity.
In his talk to "Palace Confidential on MailPlus," via Express, Dickie Arbiter revealed Netflix is currently throwing out a lot of money. He even revealed it had cut its productions with the coming of "The Crown," which has costly production, in November.
Alternatively, the sixth in line to the throne's memoir may drop either before or just after the Netflix docuseries, so Arbiter claimed they want to "coincide with it all." "I think it smacks desperation," he said.
However, Arbiter found this move a "bit rich," considering Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left the U.K. and the royal family because they wanted to have some privacy but did nothing but put themselves on the frontline. Not only that, though, he also said there is no week that their PR people are releasing a public statement.
This news comes after the military veteran revealed he hopes his children will never get to experience the online world as it is today. He criticized social media companies for making huge money from "people's time, attention and information."
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail's Diary Editor Richard Eden added the proposed content of the upcoming docuseries could make the royal family nervous. If the Kardashians have a reality series, he said the controversial royal couple has a docuseries.
He added a good fly-on-the-wall documentary needs tension and drama to make it more enticing. Otherwise, it will be plain boring.
Eden continued that Netflix wants a bang for its buck, so will its staff and crew join the royals to cover Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee celebrations?
Anyhow, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, allegedly, want their docuseries to release next year instead. With the several things happening in their lives right now, from their Netflix deals to the duke's memoir, royal correspondent Victoria Murphy believed these commercial considerations just showed the pressures the pair would be under.
With their commercial deals with the publisher and the production company, there may be a level of competition in the stories and content they will tell. Though there are no words yet on when these two projects will be out and what they will feature, palace officials are reportedly taking drastic measures to ensure Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not "hijack or overshadow" the Jubilee event, per NZHerald.